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La Cité du Vin: The French theme park dedicated to wine

We finally have a theme park that we want to visit in the summer!

Wine lovers, you now have another reason to visit France – they are opening a WINE theme park. An hour flight from Paris comes the La Cité du Vin, translated as the city of wine, which opens its doors this week – making all our dreams come true. The park – located in Bordeaux of course – has 20 themed areas and is focused on explaining the culture and history of wine, with a 250-seat auditorium and expert-led tasting sessions.

There is also a simulator boat ride, reimagining the maritime journey of a merchant’s galley across the globe. But, serious wine drinking comes first.

In addition to the tasting sessions, the top two floors are given over to the panoramic Belvedere wine saloon, a restaurant, tapas bar, and boutique selling stock from 80 countries.

There’s even a tribute to the hangover – an enormous plush chair where you sit listening to famous stories of inebriation.

There don’t appear to be any rollercoasters or stomach-churning sling-shot rides, but given some visitors might be wandering around a little tipsy, this is probably a smart move.

The dedication to wine isn’t limited to the inside of this amazing park. Designed by Parisian architects XTU and English museum design experts Casson Mann Limited, the structure of the museum symbolizes the swirl of wine moving in a glass and the coiled movement of a grapevine.

“Their design captures the spirit of wine and its fluid essence: ‘a seamless curve, intangible and sensual’,” the press brochure published by La Cité du Vin said.

It truly is a Guggenheim for grape lovers.

Tickets cost $31 (£15) for adults, or you can buy a yearly season ticket to get unlimited visits.




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